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Chapter 10: Vulnerability of reef-building corals on the Great Barrier Reef to climate change

Title: Chapter 10: Vulnerability of reef-building corals on the Great Barrier Reef to climate change
Other Titles: Climate change and the Great Barrier Reef: a vulnerability assessment
Year of publication: 2007
Publisher: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the Australian Greenhouse Office
Type of document: Book section or chapter
Abstract: Reef-building corals (Order Scleractinia Class Anthozoa) form extensive skeletons of calcium carbonate (limestone), depositing enough material over time to form vast reef structures that may be easily seen from space. The majority of reef-building corals are hard (stony) scleractinian corals. Many octocorals (especially soft corals in the family Alcyoniidae and the blue coral Heliopora) and some hydrozoan corals (such as Millepora) also contribute to reef-building. Corals form the framework of reef structures, while other organisms such as calcareous algae (especially red coralline algae) play a key role in cementing and consolidating the reef framework. This chapter focuses on the vulnerability of reef-building corals to climate change. The implications of climate change for macroalgae are covered in chapter 7 and a broader treatment of reef processes is provided in chapter 17.
ISBN: 9781876945619
Connection to GBRMPA: GBRMPA published this item
Rights: Copyright Commonwealth of Australia. Reproduction of this publication for educational or other non-commercial purposes is authorised without prior written permission from the copyright holder provided the source is fully acknowledged. Reproduction of this publication for resale or other commercial purposes is prohibited without prior written permission of the copyright holder. Individual chapters are copyright to the authors or their affiliate organisations. Unless otherwise noted, photographs are copyright GBRMPA.
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